Easter garland

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Here’s a cute way to make Easter garland for your mantel, window or doorway – and it’s a pretty quick and easy project, too!

Smoothfoam-easter-garland

 

Supplies

Smoothfoam 1-1/2″ balls
Craft paints in several colors
Beads (mine are round, flat shell beads)
Beading cord
Cosmetic sponges
Skewers
Smoothfoam block

1.  Decide how many Smoothfoam balls to use, depending on the size of your beads and how long you want your garland.

2.  Press a skewer into the pilot hole of a ball and push it straight through. Leave the ball on the skewer while you paint it with 1-2 coats. Dabbing on the paint with a cosmetic sponge is faster and gives the ball even coverage without brush strokes. Push the skewered ball into a Smoothfoam block to dry; repeat for all the balls.

3.  String the balls on to the beading cord with beads in between. Knot a loop on to each end of the cord to hang.

 

Easter sign with Smoothfoam letters

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Easter is only a few weeks away – time to gear up for this fabulous, springy occasion. So I created my first of many Easter-themed projects – starting with this Easter sign!

easter-sign-smoothfoam-lettersSupplies:

Smoothfoam 4″ letters
Craft glue
Paintbrush
Hot glue gun
Scrapbook papers
Decorative cord or trim
Paper flowers and other embellishments

 

1.  Lay each letter in reverse on the back side of a sheet of paper and trace around it, then cut it out. Adhere the paper to the front of each letter by brushing on a thin coat of craft glue. Let dry.

2.  Wrap the cord/trim around the front edges of each letter, securing with hot glue. Glue the letters together into a single sign as shown. Glue or pin a small ribbon loop to the back for hanging.

3.  Embellish the sign however you like with flowers, pins, die-cuts, etc.

 

Make a rope Easter basket for boys

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I’m not generally fond of saying that something is strictly for boys or girls, but this brightly-colored DIY rope Easter basket kind of screams BOY, don’t you think?

Feel free to skip the handle and use it in a guy’s room as a “catch all” bowl.

Smoothfoam and Rope Easter Basket for Boys

Supplies:

8″ Smoothfoam half-ball
Blue Hawk poly rope (I used 60-lb from Lowe’s)
Hot glue gun
Fiskars Amplify Mixed Media Shears
Large metal washer
Darice 16-gauge Craft Wire
4 floral pins

Smoothfoam and Rope Easter Basket for Boys

1.  Beginning at the top rim,  glue the rope to the Smoothfoam half-ball. Pick a spot to begin and add a drop of hot glue. Carefully hold the rope in place while the glue sets for just a minute or two.

2.  Add glue and lay the rope down in a spiral pattern as shown. Once the top rim is covered continue around the sides of the half ball, until you get to the center of the bottom of the basket and cut off any excess rope.

3.  Secure the end of the rope into the center of the bottom of the basket with more glue.

4.  Glue the large metal washer to the bottom of the basket to give it a flat, weighted base. As an option, you could also cut a 6-8′ length of rope and glue it in a circle to the bottom of the basket to help keep the basket from wobbling.

Smoothfoam and Rope Easter Basket for Boys

5.  To make the handle, cut three pieces of craft wire to desired length, and cut three pieces of rope just a bit shorter than the wire.

6.  Fray one end of one length of rope a tiny bit and pinch the white poly strands in the core. Pull them out from inside the blue rope.

7.  Feed the craft wire through the blue rope and repeat for other two lengths, then braid the three rope-covered wires together.

8.  Glue the braided handle to the inside of the basket and secure by pressing floral pins into the foam at an angle (snip the pins shorter if needed).

NOTE:  Due to the sharp wire ends, these homemade Easter baskets are not safe for small children.

 

Carve up some springtime décor – “Grow”

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Every year I try to pick a word that embodies an action or quality that I’d like to focus on for the coming months. This year I had picked the word “grow” and carved it from a block of Smoothfoam. Not only will this springtime decoration remind me to stretch and try new things, but now I also have a fun way to bring a a bit of the garden indoors!

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Supplies:

2” x 4” x 12″ Smoothfoam block
Two 1” Smoothfoam balls
1 Sulky Stick’n Carve Printable Transfer sheet
Aleene’s Fast Grab Tacky Glue
Ann Butler Crafter’s Ink Pads: Lilac, Limelight, Aquamarine, Tangelo
Ann Butler 1″ Faux Quilting Stamps – Leaves, Herringbone
Acrylic stamping block
Ann Butler Iridescents Ink – Lilac
Hot Wire Foam Factory Hot Knife & Mini-Scroll Table & Engraving Tool
Westcott Non-Stick Scissors
Darice® Wired Accents Aluminum Floral Wire – Lime
Silver floral wire, wire cutters
Acrylic paint – apple green, yellow
Paint pens – black, white, dark green, purple, pink
Sticky-back craft foam – green, dark pink, white
Green cardstock
Paint brushes, pencil
Wood skewer, paper clip

Carved-Grow-Garden-Decoration-by-Carmen-Flores-Tanis1.  Click here to download the “grow” artwork and print it onto the Sulky transfer sheet (it’s tiled into two sections). Cut the sheet in half between the two lines of text. Peel off the backing paper and press the two pieces together to fit on the Smoothfoam block. Trim off the excess transfer sheet.

2.  Poke pilot holes with the hot knife into each area of the block that will be cut out. Carefully carve out the design on the mini-scroll table. Unthread and re-insert the wire into each pilot hole to make each interior cut. Peel off the transfer sheet when finished.

3.  Add details to the carving with the engraving tool.

4.  Paint the carving with apple green acrylic paint and let dry.

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5.  Stamp the leaves pattern onto the carving with the Limelight ink pad.

6.  Brush more Limelight ink onto the sides of the carving and the outer border of each letter. Lightly tap the Aquamarine ink pad to the edges to add a little contrast.

7.  Paint the carved flower pot with Iridescent Lilac ink. When dry, stamp the flower pot with the Herringbone stamp and Lilac ink pad. Add details to the flower pot with a purple paint pen.

8.  Cut a 1-1/2” x 2” piece of green cardstock and glue it onto the top of the purple flower pot.

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9.  To make the flower’s center, poke a skewer into a Smoothfoam ball as a handle and paint the ball yellow. When dry, tap the Tangelo ink pad lightly onto the surface of the ball to add a hint of color.

10.  For the flower petals, cut two 3” squares from dark pink craft foam. Peel off the release papers and adhere the two sticky sides together. Cut out a circle (slightly smaller than 1”) from the center. Draw a flower on the foam and cut out. Press the yellow Smoothfoam ball into the center of the foam flower so that it stays in place. Add details to the flower petals with a pink paint pen.

11.  Cut a 24” length of the lime floral wire and twist it into a loose vine shape with five loopy leaves.

12.  Cut five pairs of leaves from the green craft foam sheet. Adhere the craft foam leaves in pairs to the wire loopy leaves. Add details to the leaves with a green paint pen.

13.  Fit the pink flower onto one end of the wire and poke the other end into the top of the purple flower pot.

14.  To make the bee body, roll a Smoothfoam ball against a tabletop pressing down on one side so that the ball squashes into an olive shape. Use the engraving tool to carve three lines around the bee body.

15.  Paint the bee yellow. When dry, add a stripe and a face with a black paint marker. Add the eyes with white paint pen. Cut wings from the white craft foam sheet. Use the wire cutters to cut a “u” loop from the paper clip. Use the “u” to attach the wings to the bee body. Cut a 5” length of silver wire and twist it into a loose spiral. Poke one end of the wire into the bee body and the other end into the purple flower pot.

 

Easter egg floral picks

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Is there anything better than Smoothfoam eggs for Easter and spring crafting? There are a million ways to customize them! I made some Easter egg floral picks. Having a stash of floral picks on hand makes gift-giving more fun.

Smoothfoam easter egg floral picks

Add a little extra something to your Easter and springtime gifts – slip a few floral picks into a grocery store bouquet and suddenly it looks like it came from the most expensive florist. Tuck a few into an Easter basket and you’ll give the Easter Bunny a run for his money!

These are so quick and super easy to make too. In about 20 minutes you can have a whole bunch ready to go.

Supplies:
– Smoothfoam eggs
– Wood skewers
– 3-dimensional paints

1.  Insert the skewer into the center of the bottom of the egg. For floral arrangments I used 8″ skewers. You might want to go with a shorter skewer (or even a toothpick) if you want to use these in your Easter baskets.

2.  Paint a design on one half of the egg with 3-D paints and let dry with the design area facing up. Repeat on the other side of the egg.

TIPS:  One dot in the middle with five dots around it makes a darling flower design! Lay the painted eggs in an egg carton while they dry. You can also lay them on crumpled paper towels, just make a little nest so the eggs don’t roll around.

 

Put a penny ball in your garden!

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Penny balls are quick and easy to make! They look beautiful in your garden, and they also repel slugs and will make hydrangea flowers blue.

Smoothfoam-Penny-Garden-Ball

I found many samples to inspire me on Pinterest, most made with bowling balls, but I thought Smoothfoam would be the perfect base for my penny garden ball. Weatherproofing the Smoothfoam with varnish will make it safe to use outdoors.

Materials:

6″ Smoothfoam ball
Krylon Indoor/Outdoor Spray Paint – Satin Brown Boots
Marine Varnish by EarthSafe Finishes
E-6000 Industrial Strength Adhesive
Paint brush
Pennies

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1.  Spray the ball with brown spray paint and let dry.

2.  Apply a coat of Marine Varnish over the entire surface of painted ball and let dry.

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3.  Glue the pennies to the ball and let dry.

4.  Apply a coat of Marine Varnish over the pennies and let dry.

 

Little Bunny Tutu – Easter egg decoration

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Bunny time! I have always loved designing and making bunnies, especially for Easter decorations. This Little Bunny Tutu is framed by a Smoothfoam panorama egg. The tutu skirt adds a whimsical finish to the pedestal dish. Display this Easter egg bunny decoration on the mantle or create a centerpiece for your table by surrounding it with small glittered eggs. These cute Easter decorations will make a sweet addition to your spring and Easter decor. Enjoy!

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You will need:

4-3/4″ Smoothfoam panorama egg
9” x 12” sheet of Kunin Printzfelt – Saralma
9” x 12” sheet of Kunin Rainbow ClassicFelt – Candy Pink
White felt scraps
¼ yard pink tulle
1 yard decorative trim
2′ lengths of sheer ribbon – white, green, yellow
1 yard pink sheer ribbon
1 yard lengths of embroidery floss – pale pink, black
Mod Podge Fabric Medium
Crystal glitter
Flower embellishment
Flat-back gems
Cotton balls
Fabri-Tac Glue
Pink Easter grass
Scissors, pencil, paper
Large floral pin, paint brush
Embroidery needle, measuring tape

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1.  Brush the outer surface of the egg with a generous amount of Mod Podge Fabric medium.

2.  Cut 2″ slits along one edge of the Saralma felt and wrap it around the outside of the egg as shown. Smooth the strips of felt into place on the back of the egg, adding more Mod Podge as needed. Trim off any excess.

3.  Brush a light coat of Mod Podge over the top of the felt-covered egg and sprinkle with glitter. Set aside to dry.

4.  Adhere decorative trim to the front of the egg.

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5.  Trace paper cut-outs of a bunny body and ears on to the pink felt, then cut smaller inside ear pieces from white felt.

6.  For the bunny’s face, make four straight stitches together for the nose with pink floss; add one straight stitch for the mouth. Make a french knot for each eye with black floss. Whipstitch the two sides of the bunny’s body together, leaving 1” open at bottom. Place a cotton ball inside head and another inside the body and stitch the bunny shut. Stitch the white and pink ear pieces together, then pinch the bottom of each ear and stitch through to secure. Glue the ears to back of head. Brush the bunny lightly with Mod Podge, sprinkle with glitter and set aside to dry.

7.  Cut two 1-1/4” x 18” lengths of tulle for the tutu. Baste the two pieces together at one edge and pull the basting stitches tight to gather the tulle and tie it around the center of the bunny. Glue a small ribbon bow to the front of the tutu.

8.  To decorate the pedestal dish, cut a two pieces of tulle 5” x 36”. Baste the pieces together on one edge and pull the stitches to gather. Adjust it to fit around the edge of the dish, glue into place and then glue some decorative trim around the edge.

9.  Tie each 24” length of ribbon into a bow. Layer and glue the bows together and add a flower embellishment to the center. Adhere to the side of the pedestal dish.

10.  Place Easter grass in the dish and place the bunny inside the egg. Adhere flat-back gems to the front of the egg, then position it on the grass. Insert a floral pin in the back of the egg at an angle to act as a stand, if needed.

Quick and easy stenciled burlap wallhanging

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I love the romance of French Country style, so this Marche Aux Fleurs (The Flower Market) stencil is one of my favorites. Stenciling on burlap is a great technique!

Stencil burlap wrapped Smoothfoam

Supplies you will need:

12″ Smoothfoam Scrapbook Mount
15″ square of natural burlap
Deco Art Chalky Finish Paint – Carbon
Americana Decor Flower Market 12″ stencil
Stencil brush
Paint brush
Glue gun
Painter’s tape
Scissors
Iron and ironing board
Optional:  14-1/2″ square unfinished wood frame (12″ square opening; 1/2″ depth)

burlap wrapped smoothfoam

1.  Iron the burlap to eliminate any wrinkles, then wrap it around the Smoothfoam sheet like a present, mitering the corners and gluing the sides tautly to the back.

2.  Center and tape the stencil to the right side of the burlap.

3.  Apply the paint to the burlap through the stencil using a pouncing motion. Do not overload the brush with paint, but make sure you have good coverage. Carefully remove the stencil and let the painted burlap dry.

4.  If you plan to place the panel in a wood frame, paint the frame the same color as the stencil.

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Easter bunny paper medallion

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I have to admit that I am a holiday crafter – I love to create projects that have holiday themes! This Easter bunny paper medallion had been floating around in my head for a while, and finally I found the perfect springtime scrapbook papers to bring him to life!

Smoothfoam easter bunny rosette decoration

Materials:

4″ Smoothfoam ball
DecoArt Americana Paints – Petal Pink, Fawn, Lamp Black
Aleene’s Original Tacky Glue
Golden Molding Paste
White craft foam sheet
2 large black brads
18-gauge black craft wire, wire cutters
8′ length of white paper lace trim
12″ square sheets of scrapbook papers – pastel patterns
Alpha stickers
1/4″ wide Scor-Tape
6″ cardboard circle
18″ length of green grosgrain ribbon
Flat paint brush, sponge
Scissors, pencil, ruler
Serrated craft knife, paper trimmer

1.  Cut 1/3 off of a 4″ Smoothfoam ball. Insert pencil in the cut side of ball to use as a handle. Apply molding paste to the surface of the ball with a damp sponge to create a fur texture and set aside to dry.

2.  Cut two bunny ears and one bunny nose from white craft foam. Paint one side of the nose Petal Pink. Paint the outsides of the ears Fawn and the insided Fawn with Petal Pink centers, using the photo above as your guide. Let dry.

3.  Paint the textured ball Fawn for his face. Dry brush his cheeks with Petal Pink and let dry.

4.  To make the paper mediallion (or rosette), attach paper lace trim to opposite 12″ sides of four pieces of patterned scrapbook paper. Trim all four scrapbook papers to 6″ x 12″, leaving lace trim in tact. Fan-fold the 6″ length of all eight pieces of paper and attach the ends with Scor-Tape to create a large tube. Lay the cardboard circle on your work surface and squeeze out a 2″ circle of Tacky Glue in the center. Gather the center of fan-folded tube with one hand and push down into glue. Secure the center of medallion with heavy object (like a book) to weigh down until dry.

5.  Trim two more rectangles of scrapbook paper to 4″ x 12″.  Crumple both pieces and then straighten out. Attach the two pieces together with Scor-Tape to create a 4″ x 24″ banner. Adhere alpha stickers to spell HAPPY EASTER DAY. Glue the center of the banner to the bottom of the medallion, then fold and overlap the ends as shown and secure with Scor-Tape. Snip the ends of the banner into points.

6.  Twist three 6″ lengths of black wire together for his whiskers and attach with Tacky Glue to center of his face. Glue his nose above the whiskers and insert two black brads for eyes. Bend shorter lengths of wire to create his eyebrows and mouth as shown and glue to his face.

7.  Glue the bottom of his ears to the medallion, then fold over the top third of his ears and glue down. Secure with a heavy object like a book until dry.

8.  Glue the bunny’s head to the medallion, then tie a ribbon into a bow and glue it under his head to finish. Attach wire or ribbon to the back of the medallion for hanging on front door to welcome all of your Easter guests!

 

Craft a home for a gnome

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Turn a large Smoothfoam half-ball into a home for your favorite little people.  Leprechauns, gnomes, fairies, hobbits – all would feel welcome here!

Smoothfoam gnome home

Materials:

12” Smoothfoam half-ball
3” Smoothfoam ball
2-½” Smoothfoam egg
DecoArt Americana Paints – Khaki Tan, Buttermilk, Milk Chocolate, Berry Red
DecoArt Dimensional Effects Texture Paste
12” coco fiber liner (for hanging baskets)
Sphagnum moss
Small rocks or gravel
Twigs
2 craft sticks
Aleene’s Fast Grab Tacky Glue
Sandpaper
Paintbrush, sponge
Serrated craft knife, heavy scissors, pruning shears

1.  With the serrated knife, cut an arched doorway and two windows in the half ball. Set aside the foam piece you cut for the doorway. Sand the openings around the edges.

2.  Paint the outside of the ball with Khaki Tan.  Let dry and sponge on Buttermilk paint. Paint the inside of the windows and door with Milk Chocolate.
Optional:  Add a layer of texture paste to the inside of the doors and windows before painting.

3.  Press a small stone into the foam to make an indentation above the door. Glue the stone into depressed area. Repeat with more stones all around the door.

4.  Use the foam doorway piece to trace a pattern of the archway opening of the door on to paper. Cut two craft sticks to fit across the top and bottom of the door. Lay the sticks on top of your pattern and add a thick layer of glue to each stick. Cut twigs to fit inside the pattern and glue each twig to the pair of craft sticks. Glue sphagnum moss into the spaces between the twigs.

5.  Lean the door inside the doorway. Cut twigs for the window frames, check for fit and glue inside the windows.

6.  To make the thatched roof, trim the coco liner with scissors to fit the top of the house and glue in place.

7.  To make the mushroom, trim off the large end of the Smoothfoam egg and cut the Smoothfoam ball in half. Use the knife to score lines on the cut side of the ball and scoop out a small depression in the center. Paint the egg and the underside of the mushroom cap tan and paint the top of the cap red. Glue the cap to the stem and add dots with texture paste.

Smoothfoam gnome home